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Baker Mayfield feels like ‘heart just got ripped out’ after loss

Baker Mayfield didn't hesitate to explain how he feels after the Buccaneers' season ended in heartbreaking fashion.

The 28-year-old quarterback explained in an emotional postgame press conference why the 31-23 loss at Detroit “will weigh on me for a while.”

“It's the worst” he told reporters. “I feel like my heart has been torn out.

“But football is a complex game, but it's also simple. It makes you care about the ball. You know you're going to have to get four downs on a two-minute drive like that. That was just a bad mistake on my part and this is the worst because I know what type of group we were all year long.

“We fought to get here and we fought to get to that game. We weren't supposed to be here no matter how you look at it, but we believed in each other and we fought for it. This is going to weigh on me for a while.”

After a season that completely exceeded expectations, the Buccaneers were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday. Mayfield was hailed as a hero in Tampa Bay after leading the team to a 32-9 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Game on January 15th.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield addresses the media after the NFL Football NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, January 21, 2024 in Detroit. AP

After a slow start to the season after replacing the retired Tom Brady, Mayfield led the Buccaneers to a 9-0 victory over the Carolina Panthers on January 7th, leading them to their third consecutive NFC South title and four He led them to the playoffs for consecutive years. .

Sunday's game was tied 17-17 with the Lions scoring two touchdowns to start the fourth quarter.

Mayfield led the Buccaneers to a touchdown to make it a one-score game, and the defense got the ball back giving his team a chance to tie the game.

Mayfield targeted tight end Cade Otton but was intercepted by Lions linebacker Derrick Barnes, sealing the victory for Detroit.

Mayfield completed 26-of-41 for 349 yards, third most in a Buccaneers playoff game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield, 6, throws an interception in the second half against the Detroit Lions during the 2024 NFC Divisional Round game at Ford Field on January 21, 2024. . USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Nick Leverett, 60, and quarterback Baker Mayfield after the 2024 NFC Divisional Round loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on January 21, 2024. (6 years old) reacts. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

The former No. 1 overall pick, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Buccaneers after stints with the Rams and Panthers, said it would “mean a lot” to him if the team wanted him back. Ta.

“When I come back, I want to do that.'' [wideout] microphone [Evans] return. That person is an idiot.” Mayfield said.

A new contract for Mayfield has not been discussed this season. According to ESPNreported that his agent will meet with the Buccaneers in the offseason.

“I love this group.” Mayfield said: “I've been saying that all year. And it's real. What I mean is. For me, bringing back a lot of important pieces and putting this back together and taking the system into year two is , it means that we will bring about great progress. That's nice, isn't it?

“Obviously, you never know what's going to happen, but I can't say enough about this organization and the opportunities they've given me this year. I'm just grateful and I hope it works out. ”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield shares a moment with his wife Emily Mayfield on the sideline before the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, January 21, 2024 in Detroit. share. Instagram/Buccaneers

Evans, who had 147 yards receiving and a touchdown on Sunday, has a team-leading 1,255 receiving yards this season.

Evans, 30, will also be a free agent this offseason.

Before the game, Mayfield shared a sweet moment with his wife Emily on the sideline.

The couple is planning to give birth to their first child, a girl, in April 2024.

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